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Best DIY bias tape gadget?
Need a size between two Clovers
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Date: 6/11/13 9:10 PM

I'm working on a new Renaissance fair bodice, and from the binding tests I'm doing, it looks like I'm going to need to make custom width strips. I adore my Clover bias tape makers, but for this project, the 3/4" is too small (won't reach around all the layers) and the 1" is too large (unattractively flappy on the reverse). The bodice is going to be reversible, so it needs a clean finish on both sides. The issue seems to be the depth of the folds made in the tape (ie, the 3/4" would probably work if I used a smaller S/A, but the crease from the fold looks terrible).

I've tried using the hatpin-stuck-in-your-ironing-board technique, but I have trouble getting the length exactly right. A friend sent me a link to a printable cardboard gauge, but it seems more complicated than necessary.

Does anyone have any other suggestions?

Thanks!!

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Date: 6/13/13 11:57 AM

What about just cutting a window the needed size in a heavy piece of paper or light plastic? I've seen a bias maker cutting mat/pressing pad in the quilting section of Joann recently - the bias folder part is a simple window cut into the end of the cutting mat.

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Date: 6/13/13 12:58 PM

Thanks, Gail--I was thinking of doing something similar, but with the hatpin technique stuck into a piece of heavy fabric, and the heavy fabric pinned to my ironing board. I think if I feed the tape through with only one side folded, I should be able to get the results I need.

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Date: 6/13/13 3:31 PM

I bumped two threads in the Tips and Techniques section a couple of days ago. They both have links for bias making tutorials. Also, The Scientific Seamstress has a printable template on her site. Her site is pretty fantastic and is worth checking.

Ooohhhh.....check this out,
The Scientific Seamstress's Template in Action - YouTube
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